5 steps to easy travel with oxygen

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These steps have been updated from a popular blog published in 2012.

The 5 steps to successful travel

#1 First start with speaking with your doctor so you are “fit to fly”. You will not be able to carry your own medical oxygen containers on-board with you, so you will have to use oxygen provided by the airlines for the duration of the flight.

#2 Secondly we would suggest you call the airline directly advance of your flight. Ask to speak with special services or the medical department to check requirements.

#3 Next, confirm that you meet the requirements of the carrier and that they can provide the flow of air you need and whether or not they will provide you with a nasal cannula or mask.

# 4 Confirm all of your arrangements by phone at least 48 hours before your flight boards and make sure to go over all of the rules and regulations that the airlines give you. Typically, the airlines will direct you to a website with rules for those traveling with medical oxygen or they will send you a pamphlet in the post.

# 5 Then of course if you are not travelling via aeroplane then these same steps apply if you are traveling by train or cruise ship. Coordinate with your common carrier beforehand to avoid headaches. If cruising, make sure to contact the company prior to purchasing tickets, since many cruise lines will not allow oxygen tanks on board.

If you would like assistance with arranging all your travel medical oxygen needs then please do contact Oxygen Worldwide today. Our team are open 24 hours, 7 days a week and also speak many languages.

Enjoy your travels!

Quick Facts for traveling with oxygen

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  • Speak to your GP or doctor so you can take a letter with you that explains your exact condition
  • During any flight make sure you move about to get your circulation going; you can do some simple foot movements in your seat or go for a little wander down the aisles
  • Keep your fluids up whilst traveling especially if going on a long trip
  • When you are at an airport you can ask for special assistance; especially if you find walking a struggle
  • Arrange your medical oxygen to be at your accommodation; allow enough time to do this – the sooner the better to confirm delivery and your exact requirements
  • Have a great holiday!!!

Holidays with oxygen therapy

This is possible. It does not have to be stressful and out you off from venturing further afield. Although you will need to organise and have more preparations it will all be worth it for exploring other countries, making memories and meeting up with others across the globe.

The main top tips from our experts are:

  1. Speak to your doctor first and make sure you are fit to fly
  2. Speak with your mode of transport company either the airline, ferry or train company with your requirements
  3. Contact the team at @oxygenworldwide either online or via telephone
  4. Arrangement for your destination can be arranged, organised and quoted from the OxygenWorldwide team who have been doing this for over 20 years
  5. There is also a 24 hour service so you have no worries whilst abroad
  6. Relax, pack and plan your itinerary for your trip
  7. Time to get excited!

I need oxygen for my holiday

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Firstly make sure you are well enough to travel and if you are unsure you should check with your doctor. Planning your holiday is exciting and do not let arranging medical oxygen put any downer to this feeling.

As long as you remember to choose wisely where you are traveling to and plan in enough time you will have a fantastic and stress-free time.

You can use the OXYGENWORLDWIDE request form to ask all questions and arrange your oxygen needs around the world. Go on what’s stopping you get planning!!

Contact Us today here

Airlines and their policies

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For those looking to jet set across the skies this summer you may be wondering about how they all have different policies when it comes to medical oxygen. Please check out our useful links area @oxygenworldwide where we have listed the top airline carriers.

Click below to take you straight to our website and read more regarding travel with medical oxygen.

https://www.oxygenworldwide.com/general/links.html

Do not forget to check specific requirement when prior to travelling and inform them of you needs. Most airlines will help you but you just need to plan this in advance and make them aware.

For help and advice call or email our team anytime for more information. Feel free to contact the team with any oxygen travel queries here.

Working with oxygen

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Now the way we work is changing; many are back in the office but mostly at a hybrid or part-time level. Many of us are now turning our dining tables or spare bedrooms into offices. This means are are spending more and more hours of the day in the same posture and position and this in turn causes circulation to decrease and this can result in tense muscles.

Working all day and even at home can cause stress, but when you take a holiday how relaxed do you feel? You feel good right?! Imagine if this was made harder because you rely on oxygen to breathe too.

Oxygen is a vital element that helps us to remain healthy and young – Oxygen Worldwide provide that essential life-line with arranging medical oxygen to our population when travelling across seas and oceans and to feel that they can still see the world.

Oxygen Worldwide is specialised in the supply of medical oxygen when you have to travel with special needs. Look for more information about oxygen, delivery worldwide on our website or contact us.

Updated from previous article working 9 to five with oxygen

Can you take oxygen on a plane?

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The short answer is Yes, BUT you cannot simply just board a plane with your own oxygen. The airline need to have at least 7 days notice (dependant on the company). You can also only take a portable oxygen concentrator for flying.

You also are required to show “fitness to fly” document from your doctor to show you are well enough to take the journey plus the need for the medical oxygen.

The best advice is always plan ahead, reach out to the airline you are flying with to check what requirements they need ahead of time.

Speak to a member of our team to arrange your medical oxygen for your travels at OxygenWorldwide.

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When flying why is medical oxygen such a challenge?

Preparing for a holiday, trip abroad or even for work can be relatively straight forward for most; passport, luggage and camera. But for those who require medical oxygen it is not as simple as taking your own extra item with you when boarding an aeroplane and moving across countries.

Do not fear as there are experts who can help and leave you to pack your things. It can become confusing to understand different policies, rules across airlines and then having medical oxygen provided at your accommodation is another service to research and book. It is unfortunately not cheap and therefore you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe and efficient service. You would not want your time away to be spoilt especially having help on hand as these machines can fail and need to be replaced quickly or fixed.

Speak to the team at @oxygenworldwide who can help plan, book and have your medical oxygen delivered to most countries across the world. The team also offer a 24/7 service so that if anything does go wrong they are on hand to put it right for you. With all the expert knowledge and relationships built with suppliers for over 20 years you can trust our team and have one less item to worry about.

Head over to our contact us page to find out more.

5 Tips before travelling with medical oxygen

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  1. Before travel speak with your doctor to make sure you are fit enough for the journey you are planning
  2. Check covid rules and restrictions of the country you are visiting
  3. Make sure your passport is valid and has enough validity for the destination
  4. Organise your medical oxygen well in advance to give enough time for quotes, booking and arrangements
  5. If you choose to fly check with your airline before booking for oxygen on-board

For help, quotes and arranging medical oxygen at your chosen holiday destination simply complete this form online here.

These airlines now require no masks whilst on-board

This week there was a green light for the travel industry and passengers to and from the UK. After such a difficult two years throughout the pandemic, finally this week there was good news. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic announced an easing of mask wearing on their flights from UK. The UK has had an easing of restrictions since the beginning of the year and now with more people feeling safe to travel again there was even more change.

Now if the destination does not require mask wearing on public transport then this will not be compulsory on these flights for passengers. Of course if you wish to wear a mask you can and on board these flights staff will also wear mask when needed for those passengers who prefer.

There will still be a need for mask if the destination still has this rule in place. A step forward for getting the travel industry back on its feet.

Please check with your airline if you are planning to travel but also this week Heathrow airport also announced mask wearing was not compulsory apart for in close situations throughout the airport.

Tui and Jet2 have also followed with this change for England and N Ireland flights. Scotland and Wales still require mask wearing so this will still be in place for those locations.

Please do check before travelling and if you are still unsure about this change you are still welcome to make that personal choice.

If you are travelling and in need of medical oxygen please do contact our team for a quote.